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How to Select Your Ethics Setting Jeremiah 31:31-34

How to Select Your Ethics Setting

Robot cars may be engineered to keep us safe, but we still have ethical decisions to make.

At a Glance

The car of the future may well be a robotic, self-driving car with built-in ethics settings which could come into play when lives are at stake. Some have suggested that the buyer of these cars should have the option to adjust the ethics settings to reflect his or her own moral compass. In today's text, we learn that God decides to tweak the ethics settings in us mortals. Read on to see how it was done.


Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Ain't Got Time to Bleed," April 9, 2000, at HomileticsOnline.com.


Hardly a day goes by that we don't see something new.

The Apple Watch.

"Birthday Cake" M&M's.

An all-terrain stroller that can handle grass, gravel, dirt, rocks, trails and other so-called "mommy terrain."

Robot cars that make decisions about what crashes to avoid.

Sounds cool. Very cool.

But robot cars? Robot cars that make ethical decisions?

Yes. Let's say you're driving one of these vehicles down the street and...























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